Contractors working for Ørsted have started constructing its first offshore windfarm in the Netherlands, installing foundations at the 752-MW Borssele 1 & 2 offshore windfarm. All of the foundations will be installed by DEME
Borssele 1 & 2 EPC director Henrik Egholm said, “It’s great that installation has started, according to plan. We’re well on track with the construction of the windfarm and Borssele 1 & 2 will be operational by the end of this year.”
Borssele 1 & 2 senior project manager Jan Wind said, “The first monopile installed was also the heaviest and tallest on the windfarm, weighing 1,188 tonnes and 76 m in length. The diameter at the bottom of the foundation is 8.5 m.”
Borssele 1 & 2 is located 22 km off the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland. The foundations are being installed in water depths ranging from 14 m to 39.7 m.
Ninety-four monopile foundations will be installed. Starting in April 2020, Siemens Gamesa 8-MW wind turbines selected for the project will also be installed.
The monopiles and transition pieces for Borssele 1 & 2 have been fabricated by Sif, EEW SPC, EEW OSB and Bladt Industries.
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